NEWS & EVENTS

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Brownsdrift Pharmacy clinic is offering free breast examinations for women throughout the month of October.

Appointments can be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between 8am and 1pm. The clinic is also open on Saturdays from 10am until 12pm. Walk in patients are also welcome.

It is very important to examine breasts regularly in order to detect any possible early changes.

The examination is very simple and can easily be done at home.

The best time to conduct the examination is just after a period (if menstruating monthly) or any time in the month after menopause.

These are the steps to follow for a self breast examination:

  • Observe breasts in the mirror to check for any change in size, shape, dimpling or abnormality of the skin.
  • Also observe for any redness, rash or abnormality of the nipples.
  • No fluid should be coming out of the nipples.
  • When lying down or standing in the shower, one hand is placed behind the head to spread out the breast tissue. Use the four fingers on the opposite hand (keeping them flat) to examine the breast.
  • Firm circular movements should be done, feeling the breast tissue between the skin and the rib bones, starting at the collar bone and moving down to the nipple. Then, down around the entire breast in wedge like sections, starting from the outside to the nipple – ensuring that all the breast tissue is covered.
  • The arm is then moved over the chest to form a hollow under the arm and this area is felt for any lumps.
  • The same procedure is then repeated on the other breast.

 

Normal breast tissue can be lumpy, but it easily moves around and the tissue has no definite shape.

The lumps to worry about are usually small, fixed and do not move easily. They usually feel hard and have a definite shape, like a pea, bean or a lemon pip.

If any abnormalities are found it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible for further tests.